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Green light for Anglia Ruskin sports ground

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Howes Close Sports Ground in Cambridge. Pic - Richard Marsham
Howes Close Sports Ground in Cambridge. Pic - Richard Marsham

The plans were approved by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

Plans to demolish the pavilion at Howes Close Sports Ground in Girton and replace it with a modern facility have been approved.

A planning application by Anglia Ruskin University was given the green light by South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee last Wednesday, despite concerns raised by residents and Girton Parish Council about development in the green belt.

The new building will feature changing rooms, a warm-up area and an administration desk.

The two current grass pitches will be converted to artificial surfaces with floodlights.

It will provide year-round training facilities for students, which will be available to the community during some evenings and weekends.

The site layout will be changed to provide additional car and cycling parking spaces.

Ahead of the committee meeting, around 16 letters of objection were received by the council voicing concerns about noise, increased traffic, light pollution and the impact on wildlife.

The proposals were submitted following a consultation with residents after a previous scheme from the university was rejected in 2014 amid concerns over noise and lighting.

Martin Beaver, head of Sport and Active Anglia at the university, said: “The proposed development will improve the student sport experience at Anglia Ruskin University and will benefit many residents of South Cambridgeshire.”

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